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Winners of 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards announced

The winner of the Schreyer Award went to an extraordinary tower that straddles two heritage buildings in downtown Toronto. Other awards went to buildings and infrastructure projects across Canada, with heroic structures, environmental stewardship, and collaboration with First Nations high on their agendas.


Queen Richmond Centre West, Toronto. One of the three Mega Delta-Frames under construction. Image; Sweeny &Co/Allied Properties

Queen Richmond Centre West, Toronto. One of the three Mega Delta-Frames under construction. Image; Sweeny &Co/Allied Properties

Twenty leading-edge projects benefiting our economy, environment and society received the highest recognition for engineering excellence Friday night, October 23, at the 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards gala.

These national awards are presented jointly by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada /l’Association des firmes d’ingénieurs-conseils-Canada (ACEC/AFIC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine. They recognize consulting engineering firms and their projects in terms of high quality, innovation and technical excellence. The awards are in their 47th year.

ACEC President and chief executive officer John Gamble, said: “By recognizing these projects with national awards, we are showcasing the important contributions of engineering firms to Canadians and the huge impact they have both here at home and around the world.

The award winners were selected by a panel of 12 independent jurors who have distinguished backgrounds in various sectors of the industry. Prof. Denis Beaulieu, Ph.D. Ing. of Laval, Quebec was chair of the jury.

Below is a list of the winners. For full descriptions of each project, including photographs and the key team members from the winning consulting engineering firms, view the October-November Digital Edition of Canadian Consulting Engineer, see above, or click here.

SPECIAL AWARDS

Schreyer Award, presented to a project that best demonstrates technical excellence and innovation:

– Queen Richmond Centre West, Toronto, by Stephenson Engineering with CAST CONNEX. The jury said they were “amazed” by this downtown 11-storey office building which springs from a “tabletop” perched atop three architecturally exposed structural steel mega delta frames.

Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Power Project, Iskut River, B.C. Aerial View. Image: Hatch

Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Power Project, Iskut River, B.C. Aerial View. Image: Hatch

Tree for Life Award, presented to a project that best demonstrates outstanding environmental stewardship:

– Forrest Kerr 195 MW Hydroelectric Power Project, northwest B.C. by Hatch is a 195 MW hydroelectric facility in which Hatch applied innovative and sustainable design concepts for both the headworks and underground powerhouse

 Ambassador Award, presented to a project constructed or executed outside of Canada, which best showcases Canadian engineering expertise:

– Milton-Madison Bridge Replacement Project, Kentucky and Indiana, by Buckland & Taylor | COWI. The replacement bridge was a cost effective solution that required only a few weeks of traffic interruption (as opposed to the predicted 365 days) and culminated in the world’s longest lateral bridge slide.

Engineering a Better Canada Award, presented to a project that best showcases how engineering enhances the social, economic or cultural quality of life of Canadians:

– Halifax Central Library by SNC-Lavalin. The project created a new civic landmark that meets the LEED Gold standard for sustainability and contributes to the economic revitalization of Halifax’s downtown.

Outreach Award, presented for a company’s role in donating their time and/or services for the benefit of a community or group either in Canada or on the international stage:

Hatch and Hatch Mott MacDonald Canadian Outreach Program

In 2014, Hatch and Hatch Mott MacDonald donated more than $300,000 towards community investments, raised $300,000 for charity, created scholarships, and developed programs to better the environments surrounding the companies’ offices and project sites.

 

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Awards of Excellence went to the above projects and to the following 15 projects:

 

Buildings:

– Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse – Acoustics Design. Thunder Bay, Ontario by Aercoustics Engineering.

– University of Toronto Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, Toronto, by Blackwell.

– Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office, Vancouver by Fast + Epp.

 

Transportation:

– Calgary International Airport Runway and City of Calgary Airport Trail Tunnel by Associated Engineering and CH2M.

– Edmonton International Airport Office and Control Tower by DIALOG.

– St. Patrick’s Bridge, Calgary by  SP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and RFR (The bridge has recently been renamed the George C. King Bridge).

 

Water Resources:

– Recovery and Resilience: Flood Mitigation Innovation, Calgary by Golder Associates.

– Ruskin Dam, Right Abutment Seepage Control Upgrade, Mission, B.C. by Golder Associates.

– Orleans Watermain Link Horizontal Directional Drilling, Ottawa by Stantec.

 

Environmental Remediation:

– Outboard Marine (OMC) ‒ In Situ Environmental Remediation, Peterborough, Ont. by Dillon Consulting.

 

Natural Resources, Mining, Industry & Energy:
– 
Giant Mine Remediation Project ‒ Mine Support Services, Phase 1, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, by Golder Associates.

–  Kokish River Hydroelectric Project, near Port McNeill, B.C. by Knight Piésold.

 

Special Projects:

–  First Nation Land Management Regime Environmental/Engineering Challenge, First Nation Reserves, Saskatchewan and Manitoba by PINTER & Associates.

 

International:

Improving Water Supply in Northern Mozambique by R.J. Burnside International.

 

Community Outreach and In-House Initiatives:

– Caring for the Past: Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, Siksika Nation site near Cluny, Alberta, by Golder Associates.

 

For more information, visit www.acec.ca, and www.canadianconsultingengineer.com.

 

Article revised October 26, 2015, 10.20 a.m.